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Public documents of the state of Wisconsin being reports of the various state officers, departments and institutions, for the fiscal term ending June 30, 1906
Volume 3 (1907 [Covers 1904/1906])

K├╝sterman, Gustav, et al.
Eighth biennial report of the state board of control of Wisconsin reformatory, charitable and penal institutions for the biennial period ending June 30, 1906,   pp. [i]-498 ff.


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REPORT OF THE STATE BOARD OF CONTROL.
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General Report.
most of their time on the wards in close proximity to the patients.
Their sleeping rooms are now in the institutions, and during their
sleeping hours they are frequently disturbed by noisy patients and
it often occurs that they do not get sufficient rest after the long
day's service which they are obliged to perform. It is, therefore,
recommended that special buildings be erected at each of the hos-
pitals for the insane for housing the attendants, the cost of which
completely furnished is estimated at $25,000. Two buildings will
be needed for each of the hospitals for the insane; one for male
and the other for female employees. In case such provision is
made the room nowj ocuplied by employees would furnish the
much needed additional space for the increasing number of pa-
tients.
The system of caring for the chronic insane in county asylums
continues to furnish facilities for the increasing number of chronic
insane. During the. last biennial period the new asylum in Racine
county was opened for occupancy. It has a capacity of about 200
patients and is modern in all its conveniences.  License was
granted Marinette county to erect an asylum, which was opened
for occupancy last July and is one of the best arranged in the
state. License has also been granted to Douglas county to erect
an asylum to be opened for inmates some time during the year
1908. A site has been selected and plans are being prepared.
After the opening of the Douglas county asylum, there will prob-
ably be sufficient capacity for the care of the chronic insane until
the year 1910. A number of counties have made application for
license, but have been refused for the reason that with the capacity
of the Douglas county asylum in addition to the capacity of the
present institutions, no more room will be needed until the year
above stated.
The health of the inmates of the county asylums during the last
two years has been good. No epidemic has existed in any of them
during that period. All the county asylums are visited by this
board, or some member or members of it, at least once every three
months, and as much oftener as the work of the board will per-
mit. The board endeavors to visit and inspect all county jails,
poor houses and police stations once in each year.


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